Our team here at Calvary is comprised of men and women who are devoted to the call of leading people to follow Jesus by taking their next step. If you have any questions for our team, feel free to reach out to them via email or social media. You can also call our church office for general questions or to speak with our team personally.

  • Chad Zueck - Lead Pastor circlefacebook circleemail

    My wife and I have deep roots in Christian County. After graduating from Taylorville High School, Marla and I moved away to fulfill my military service in the US Navy. While serving in the Navy, I gave my life to Jesus Christ in Jacksonville, FL, at 21. Following our time away, Marla and I moved back to Illinois, and we graduated from Southern Illinois University (Go Salukis!). 

    With the experience of working on aircraft in the Navy, I thought aviation maintenance was to be my career path until God had other plans. Through a series of events (sounds like a screenplay, cue sound effects), we both knew that vocational ministry would be our future. That was in 2004. 

    We accepted a ministry opportunity in West Melbourne, FL, and lived there for five years. I finished my graduate degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Go Eagles!). We moved north to Dublin, GA, for a lead pastor position at Dublin Bible Church. I served that church for ten years until God called us a bit more north to our old stomping grounds, Taylorville, IL. I accepted the call of Lead Pastor at Calvary in January 2022. 

    God's up to something awesome! He's always up to something awesome. 

  • Nate Clason -  Associate Pastor  circleemail

    I grew up in a pastor's home and was saved at a young age. A lot of my family have been and are still in ministry today. I felt the call to ministry for the first time going into my senior year of high school on a mission trip to Mexico in 2009.

    I studied student ministry in Ohio at Rosedale Bible College and did a youth ministry internship in northern Ohio that following summer. In the fall, I partook in a different form of education through YWAM (Youth with a Mission). Once coming home from YWAM, I started serving in student ministry at my dad's church.

    I met my wife Jessica in 2016 and we were married in the fall of 2017. Jessica and I served together in worship ministry and student ministry in the Peoria, Illinois area. We then went to a new ministry at a church called New Covenant in 2019 and served in other ministries in our time in Peoria as well. Then in 2021 we began ministering at 1COG (First Church of God) in Vandalia, Illinois as the Youth Pastor with a heavy emphasis on worship. I completed a 3-year ordination process in the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana and am an ordained minister and licensed pastor.

    We moved to Taylorville to begin our next step in ministry here at Calvary in January of 2023. God is constantly on the move and it is exciting what can happen when you surrender to Him.

  • Marla Zueck - Director of Children's Ministry circleemail

    I grew up a few miles from here in Kincaid, Illinois. I met my husband while we were in high school, and we married in 1993. I committed my life to Jesus when I was in my early twenties and connected to Calvary when we moved back to Taylorville after Chad’s time in the military and our college career in 2000. God then called us into full time ministry which moved us to Florida first, then Georgia. We moved back to Taylorville and to Calvary!

    I have been an educator all of my life. I have worked in preschools, including directing two of them. I

    have also been an elementary classroom teacher. I have been actively serving in children’s ministry

    many years. My role has not always looked the same, but God has used those opportunities to bring me where I am today as the children’s director here at Calvary Baptist Church.

    I enjoy time with our children and love being a Mimi to our granddaughter.


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